Natural Fingerpainting with Blackberries

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We have a wild blackberry bush in our backyard and every summer, I look forward to picking fresh blackberries. Usually they never make it into the house because I can’t wait to eat them. Today, Squeaker decided she was going to “help” me pick some of the berries. And aside from the occasional red berry, she did quite well with plucking them off the bush. Now, while I love blackberries, Squeaker isn’t a fan. So she tends to just smash them in her hands. Once I saw how vibrant the purple hue was on her fingers, I grabbed her and ran back into the house for some cardstock to do natural fingerpainting with blackberries on the deck.

Sunny summer days are perfect for Montessori art outside. We took advantage of the sunny weather and wild blackberry bush to do some natural fingerpainting with blackberries.

Squeaker, at times, has been a little squeamish about using fingerpaint so I was curious to see how she would react when I set the cardstock down for her.

natural fingerpainting with blackberries

Considering that her fingers were already stained a lovely purple hue from the blackberries, I shouldn’t have been too surprised when she got right to work. I think she was equally curious about the texture of the berries on the paper as she was spreading them between her fingers. So it would seem that we’ve found a new medium for her to try.

montessori art by fingerpainting with blackberries

Granted, it means that those are blackberries that won’t make it into my tummy or into a dessert, but I think it was well worth it.

She enjoyed the moment  and just creating. It held her attention far longer than using traditional/normal finger paint, anyway. So we’ll spend a little bit of our summer exploring more ways to fingerpaint naturally. It also got her to use both hands for fingerpainting. Normally she just uses her right hand and holds the paper with her left.

The color, when starting to dry, still remained in that beautiful purple hue.

I can see us using this for a later unit on colors or fruit, but for now this was a fun, “in the moment” experience.

Have your children used fruit to fingerpaint or paint with?

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Kori is a late diagnosed neurodivergent mom. She is currently located in Albany, NY where she is raising a neurodiverse family. Her older daughter is non-speaking autistic (and also has ADHD and Anxiety) and her youngest daughter is HSP/Gifted. A blogger, podcaster, writer, and coach; Kori shares neurodivergent life in a neurotypical world while helping others to do the same. As an empath, HSP, and highly intuitive individual, Kori brings her own life experiences as an autistic woman combined with her adventures in momming to bring you the day-to-day of her life at home. Kori is on a mission to empower moms of autistic children to make informed parenting decisions with confidence and conviction.

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Jessie, FlusteredMom
7 years ago

What a creative way to let kids play with their food! #LetKidsBeKids

kidglloves
7 years ago

The Mother says – What a great idea. I’d never of thought of this. We’re growing blackberries this year and there’s rather a lot so this is a great suggestion for us. We hold a weekly linky every Wednesday called Mini Creations; an opportunity for the Big People to link up their Little Big People’s art work, creations and crafting. We’d love for you to link up 🙂

Helen @ Witty Hoots
7 years ago

Thank you for joining in with We Love Weekends. Your post has been featured on this week’s We Love Weekends via Witty Hoots! Hope to see you joining in again soon!

Let kids be kids
7 years ago

What a wonderful idea! That’s a great way to explore creativity in the natural world, as well as learning about texture etc. Love the vibrant colour.
Thanks for linking #LetKidsbeKids

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